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Arie Perliger

Arie Perliger
Arie PerligerProfessor and Director of Security Studies
  • CollegeCollege of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
  • DepartmentSchool of Criminology and Justice Studies
  • Phone(978) 934-4268
  • OfficeHealth and Social Sciences Building - 439
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Research Interests

Political Violence and Extremism, Security Policy and Politics, Far-Right Politics (Europe, US and Israel), Political Socialization, Middle Eastern Politics, Research Methodology (SNA).


  • Ph D: Political Science, (2007), University of Haifa - Haifa, Israel
    Supporting Area: Terrorism and Political Violence, Security Policy and Politics
  • MA: Political Science, (2002), University of Haifa - Haifa, Israel
  • BA: Political Science and Education, (2000), University of Haifa - Haifa, Israel


Arie Perliger is a Professor, and director of the graduate program in Security Studies, at the School of Criminology and Justice Studies, University of Massachusetts Lowell (UML). Before his arrival to UML, Dr. Perliger was the Director of Terrorism Studies and Associate Professor at the Combating Terrorism Center and Department of Social Sciences, US Military Academy at West Point. In the past 17 years, Dr. Perliger has studied extensively issues related to terrorism and political violence, security policy and politics, politics of the Far Right in Israel, Europe, and the US, Middle Eastern Politics and the applicability of Social Network Analysis to the study of social phenomena. His studies appeared in four books and more than 40 articles and book chapters by publishers such as Columbia University Press, Rutledge, Security Studies, Political Studies, Social Forces and others. Dr. Perliger is also engaged in service to the broader academic community. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the journal Democracy and Security, member of the editorial board of Studies in Conflict and Terrorism and a regular reviewer for various publishers and journals such as Columbia University Press, Chicago University Press, American Political Science Review, Journal of Politics, Journal of Peace Research, Political Psychology, Security Studies, Critical Studies on Terrorism, Terrorism and Political Violence, Routledge and Polity Press. 

Awards and Honors

  • Medal of Superior Civilian Service Award (2016), Teaching - Department of the Army, US Government
  • Certificate of Appreciation (2015), Service, Professional - Department of Joint, Interagency and Multinational Operations, Command and General Staff College


  • Perliger, A. (2017) "Terrorism Networks," Oxford University Press
  • Perliger, A., Pedahzur, A. (2016) "Counter Cultures, Group Dynamics and Religious Terrorism," Political Studies pp. 1467-9248.12182
  • Perliger, A., Milton, D., (2016) "From Cradle to Grave: The Lifecycle of Foreign Fighters in Iraq and Syria," Combating Terrorism Center
  • Lahav, G., Perliger, A. (2016) "Immigrant Integration and Terrorism in Europe: Some Preliminary Insights from the Early Millennium," Edward Elgar Publishing
  • Lahav, G., Perliger, A. (2016) "Immigrant Integration, Political Radicalization and Terrorism In Europe: Some Preliminary Insights from the Early Millennium," New York: Edward Elgar Publishing pp. 265-291
  • Post, R., Hudson, D., Mitchell, D., Bell, P., Perliger, A., Williams, R. (2016) "Rethinking the Water-Food-Climate Nexus and Conflict: An Opportunity Cost Approach.," Applied Economic Perspectives & Policy 38:4 pp. 563-577
  • Perliger, A., Koehler-Derrick, G., Pedahzur, A. (2016) "The Gap Between Participation and Violence: The Challenges of Aggregation in Terrorist ‘Profile’ Studies ’," International Studies Quarterly 60:2 pp. 220-229
  • Perliger, A. (2015) "Comparative Framework for Understanding Jewish and Christian Violent Fundamentalism," Religions 6:3 pp. 1033-1047
  • Perliger, A. (2015) "The Rationale of Political Assassinations," Combating Terrorism Center
  • Perliger, A., , (2015) "The Peculiar Victory of the National Camp in the 2013 Israeli Elections," Israel affairs
  • Perliger, A. (2014) "Terrorist Networks’ Productivity and Durability: A Comparative Multi-level Analysis," Perspectives on Terrorism 8:4
  • Perliger, A. (2013) "Challengers from the Sidelines, Understanding the American Violent Far Right," Combating Terrorism Center
  • Perliger, A. (2012) "How democracies respond to terrorism: Regime characteristics, symbolic power and counterterrorism," Security Studies 21:3 pp. 490-528
  • Martin, S., Perliger, A. (2012) "Turning to and from terror: Deciphering the conditions under which political groups choose violent and nonviolent tactics," Perspectives on Terrorism 6:4-5
  • Perliger, A., Pedahzur, A. (2011) "Social network analysis in the study of terrorism and political violence," PS: Political Science & Politics!!! 44:01 pp. 45-50
  • Perliger, A. (2011) "The changing nature of the Israeli reserve forces: Present crises and future challenges," Armed Forces & Society!!! 37:2 pp. 216-238
  • Pedahzur, A., Perliger, A. (2009) "Jewish terrorism in Israel," Columbia University Press
  • Perliger, A., Hasisi, B., Pedahzur, A. (2009) "Policing terrorism in Israel," Criminal Justice and Behavior 36:12 pp. 1279-1304
  • Perliger, A., Ben-Dor, G., Pedahzur, A., , , (2008) "I versus We: Collective and Individual Factors of Reserve Service Motivation during War and Peace," Armed Forces and Society
  • Weinberg, L., Pedahzur, A., Perliger, A. (2008) "Political parties and terrorist groups," Routledge 10:
  • Perliger, A. (2006) "A Review of: “Robert. A. Pape: Dying to Win: The Strategic Logic of Suicide Terrorism Ami Pedahzur: Suicide Terrorism Farhad Khosrokhavar (Translated by David Macey): Suicide Bomber: Allah’s New Martyrs Diego Gambeta (Ed.): Making Sense of Suicide Missions”," Democracy and Security 2:2 pp. 299-305
  • Perliger, A., Pedahzur, A. (2006) "Coping with suicide attacks: Lessons from Israel," Public Money and Management 26:5 pp. 281-286
  • Perliger, A., Eubank, W.L. (2006) "Middle Eastern Terrorism," Infobase Publishing
  • Pedahzur, A., Perliger, A. (2006) "The Changing Nature of Suicide Attacks - A Social Network Perspective," Social Forces 84:4 pp. 1987-2008
  • Pahran, G., Pedahzur, A., Perliger, A. (2005) "Countering Terrorism in Urban Environment – The Case of Jerusalem," Jerusalem Institute
  • Perliger, A., Pedahzur, A., Canetti-Nisim, D. (2005) "Democratic Attitudes Among High-School Pupils: The Role Played by Perceptions of Class Climate," School Effectiveness and School Improvement, 17:1
  • Perliger, A., Pedahzur, A., Zalmanovitch, Y. (2005) "The Defensive Dimension of the Battle against Terrorism - An Analysis of Management of Terror Incidents in Jerusalem," Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management 13:2 pp. 79-91
  • Pedahzur, A., Perliger, A. (2004) "An alternative approach for defining the boundaries of ‘party families’: examples from the Israeli extreme right-wing party scene," Australian Journal of Political Science 39:2 pp. 285-305
  • Perliger, A., (2004) "The Structural Paradox of Civic Education in Israel," Megamot
  • Pedahzur, A., Perliger, A., Weinberg, L. (2003) "Altruism and fatalism: The characteristics of Palestinian suicide terrorists," Deviant Behavior 24:4 pp. 405-423
  • Perliger, A., Weinberg, L. (2003) "Jewish self-defence and terrorist groups prior to the establishment of the state of Israel: Roots and traditions," Totalitarian Movements & Political Religions!!! 4:3 pp. 91-118
  • Pedahzur, A., Perliger, A. (2003) "The causes of vigilante political violence: The case of Jewish settlers," Civil Wars 6:3 pp. 9-30


  • Fighting Together? Understanding Bilateral/Multinational Cooperation In The Realm Of Counterterrorism - International Studies Association Annual Meeting, February 2015 - New Orleans, LA
  • What Makes a Terrorist, A New Approach to The Study of Terrorists’ Profiles - International Studies Association Annual Meeting, February 2015 - New Orleans, LA
  • Fighting Together? Understanding Bilateral/Multinational Cooperation In The Realm Of Counterterrorism - ISAC-ISSS Annual Meeting, November 2014 - Austin, TX
  • Turning to and from Terror: Deciphering the Conditions under Which Political Groups Choose Violent and Nonviolent Tactics - International Studies Association Annual Meeting, April 2012 - San Diego, CA
  • Violence From the Sidelines: The American Violent Far-Right - International Studies Association Annual Meeting, April 2012 - San Diego, CA
  • What Makes A Terrorist, A New Approach To the Study of Terrorist Profiles - International Studies Association Annual Meeting, April 2012 - San Diego, CA
  • Terrorist Networks’ Productivity and Durability – A Comparative Multi-level Analysis - International Studies Association Annual Meeting, March 2011 - Montreal, Canada
  • Immigrant Integration and Terrorism in Liberal Democracies - International Studies Association Annual Meeting, February 2010 - New Orleans, LA
  • Explaining Religious Terrorism, April 2009 - Williamstown, MA
  • Understanding Religious Terrorism - Department of Political Science, October 2008 - Stony Brook, NY
  • Countering Al-Qaeda - Conference on the Current Terrorist Enemies of the United States: Prospects for a New U.S. Administration, September 2008 - Austin, TX
  • Explaining the Dominancy of Offensive Approaches in Modern Counterterrorism - The American Political Science Association Meeting, August 2008 - Boston, MA
  • Understanding Contemporary Islamic Terrorist Networks - The American Political Science Association Meeting, September 2007 - Chicago, IL
  • The Consequences of Counterterrorist Policies in Israel - The American Political Science Association Meeting, September 2006 - Philadelphia, PE
  • The Changing Nature of Suicide Attacks: A Social Network Perspective - The American Political Science Association Meeting, September 2005 - Washington, DC
  • The Merit of Defensive Coping with Suicide Terrorism: Lessons Based on the Israeli Case Study - The American Political Science Association Meeting, September 2004 - Chicago, IL
  • The Culture of Death: Terrorist Organizations and Suicide Bombing - World Conference on Democracy and Global Security, June 2004 - Istanbul, Turkey
  • Becoming Democratic Citizens? The Effects of Civic Education on Political Attitudes among High school Students in Israel - The Twenty Fifth Annual Scientific Meeting, July 2002 - Berlin, Germany
  • The Profile of the Suicide Terrorist - CSTPV 3rd annual international conference on Islamic extremism and Terrorism, June 2002 - St-Andrews, Scotland

Contracts, Fellowships, Grants and Sponsored Research

  • Schusterman Fellowship (2008), Fellowship -
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  • Golda Meir Post-Doctoral Fellowship (2007), Fellowship -
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  • Research Fellow (2002), Sponsored Research - National Security Study Center, University of Haifa
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  • Research Coordinator (), Sponsored Research - Israel Science Foundation
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  • Haifa Municipality Research Grant (), Grant -
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  • Graduate School Extended Fellowship (2002), Fellowship - The University of Haifa
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  • Graduate School Fellowship (2001), Fellowship - University of Haifa
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